It has been three years since I first finished Fallout 4 (2015) on the PS4 and recently, I decided to dust off the old game and revisit the Commonwealth. Rusty was an understatement, but I soon relearned all of the controls and got as far as the Fort Hagen quest before my brother came into my room and said, “I have a gift for you.”
“Really? What is it?”
“As part of your Christmas gift this year, I got you the US version of Fallout 4 along with all of the downloadable content (DLC). Enjoy!”[i]
What a great gesture and gift! But there was a catch: That I would have to restart my game and play from scratch! Goodbye modified legendary weapons! Hello basic pipe and 10 mm pistols!
But according to my brother, the payoff would be immeasurable as the DLC’s that he got for me would now become part of the main Fallout 4 map…effectively generating new places to explore and with them—new adventures and challenges.[ii]
Journaling the Hours
I also decided to make an ongoing journal of my Fallout 4 (US Version) experience[iii]. Subsequently, I may have future entries that will touch on this topic. So be prepared.
After emerging from Vault 111, I made my way back to the Lone Wanderer’s home called Sanctuary. I immediately started scavenging all available junk in the ruined community[iv] and set up a couple of beds (8 of them), generator, and homing beacon.
I expect new settlers “in the coming days.”
While we’re on the Fallout 4 subject, two stories suddenly come to mind involving other gamers who have chronicled their own Fallout 4 experiences. Their hooks—or what motivated them to continue playing–usually involved a handicap of some sort. One guy went through the entire game only using his fists[v] while the other guy limited his gaming experience to boundaries of Sanctuary[vi].
[i] Fallout 4 with all the proverbial “bells and whistles.” Thanks Tim! You’re the best!
[ii] I took Tim at his word on this. This way, I still would have some element of surprise.
[iii] Which would incentivize me to “do it all over again.”
[iv] Save for a couple of mailboxes, lamp posts, and signages. Artifacts from the past.
[v] If I remember correctly, he wore modified gauntlets that increased the amount of damage that he would inflict on his enemies. I, on the other hand, am not as adventurous and would gladly stick with ranged attacks.
[vi] Good luck in getting the necessary crafting materials to advance in that game! Hahaha!